Tuesday, December 18, 2012

The Amazing Benefits of Alalfa

The perennial herb Alfalfa has been around for centuries, in fact it is known as the "father of plants".  
Alfalfa plants have an amazing root system that reaches down as far as 20 feet. As a result they are able to tap into nutrients and trace minerals far below the earths surface making alfalfa a very nutrient rich plant. Because of its valuable nutrients and minerals, it has been used by the Chinese for centuries to treat several health conditions.


  • Cures kidney problems, and relieves fluid retention and swelling.
  • Cures auto-immune disorder.
  • Heals arthritis and helps reduce associated swelling and inflammation.
  • Nourishes the digestive, skeletal, glandular and urinary system.
  • Cleanses the blood, liver and bowel.
  • Lowers cholesterol levels. The fibers and chemicals in alfalfa seem to stick to cholesterol, preventing it from remaining in the blood or depositing itself on arterial walls.
  • Rids the body of harmful cholesterol.
  • Prevents strokes.
  • Heals whooping cough.
  • Seeds of the alfalfa plant are used topically as a poultice for boils and wounds.
  • The manganese in alfalfa is believed to lower blood sugar levels, making it ideal for diabetics.
  • Relieves constipation.
  • Contains essential enzymes that help with digestion.
  • Helps to fight cancer by helping to bind carcinogens in the colon, and is effective in their speedy elimination.
  • Helps with drug and alcohol dependency because of its alkalizing properties, which promote detoxification.
  • Because of the high vitamin A content Alfala is good for the eyes.

Nutrients found in Alfalfa:

Alfalfa contains all of the nutrients needed by the human body. These include:
  • Vitamins
  • Minerals
  • Trace elements
  • Amino acids
  • Digestive enzymes
  • Phytoestrogens
  • Saponims
  • Sterols
  • Alkaloids
  • Flavonoids
  • Coumarin
  • Acids
  • Proteins - 18.9% making it a very high source or protein.
  • Sugars
  • Fiber

Vitamins, Minerals and Trace Elements

Alfalfa is rich in vitamins, minerals, and trace elements. The chart below lists the many nutrients found in alfalfa.

Vitamins, Minerals and Trace Elements in Alfalfa
Vitamins Minerals Trace Elements
A Calcium Nickel
D Phosphorus Lead
E Potassium Strontium
K Chlorine Palladium
U Sodium
C Sulfur
B1 Copper
B2 Magnesium
B6 Manganese
B12 Iron
Niacin Cobalt
Biotin Boron
Panthothanic acid
Inocitole Molybdenum
Folic acid

Start adding alfalfa to your diets and enjoy the benefits. Throw fresh sprouts on your sandwich, in a fresh green salad, add a handful into your blender along with fruit and yogurt for a yummy smooth, just be creative to get those greens in.  Adding sprouting seeds to your long term storage is a great way to add living food to your diet.

The benefits of alfalfa are gained in supplement form, fresh sprouts, fresh alfalfa grass and tea. To sprout your own seeds, you will need a sprouting tray and sprouting seeds. You can find these at many health food stores, Alison's Pantry, or online at Amazon

Always speak to a physician before taking any dietary supplements.
Pregnant women should not use alfalfa as it can cause miscarriage.


Monday, December 10, 2012


Lavender is a beautiful purple and fragrant flower that has been used for years in perfumes, potpourris and aromatherapy.  Lavender may smell good but it also has many health benefits.  Lavender was popular as a medicine in the middle ages and in 1620 it was one of the herbs taken to the Americas by the pilgrims.

Benefits of Lavender:

  • Digestion
    • Soothes indigestion and colic
    • Relieves gas a bloating
    • The oil stimulates the production of gastric juices and bile thus aiding in treating indigestion, stomach pain, colic, vomiting and diarrhea.
  • Nervous System
    • Soothing and calming effect
    • Helps relax and encourages deep sleep. Sprinkle a few drops of lavender oil on your sleep pillow or add to a room diffuser before bed time.
    • Reduces irritability
    • Relieves headaches and migraines
    • Helps to alleviate depression
    • Tones the nervous systems
    • The aroma increase mental activity and reduces anxiety
    • Lavender oil added to bath water will create a relaxing bath
  • Asthma
    • The relaxing effect of Lavender makes it helpful for some types of asthma especially when nervousness is present.
  • First Aid
    • Lavender is strongly antiseptic and will help to heal burns, wounds and sores.
    • When rubbed on an insect sting it relieves pain and inflammation. Use lavender tea as a wash or use lavender oil.
    • Lavender oil can be used to treat head lice and scabies.
    • A few drops of oil massaged at the temples can ease a headache.
    • 5 drops added to bath water will help to relieve muscle aches and pains.
    • A massage with essential oil will relieve joint pain.
    • A few drops of oil placed on a cotton ball and placed into the ear will relieve an earache.
    • Soak swollen ankles in a warm foot bath and a few drops of lavender oil.
    • Treat minor scrapes, cuts and burns by washing with lavender water and then applying a few drops of lavender oil.
  • Blood Circulation
    • Lavender oil will help improve blood circulation. It will also lower blood pressure and is used for hypertension.
    • Lavender can help restore circulation to cold feet by soaking feet in a warm foot soak with a few drops of Lavender.
  • Immunity
    • The regular use of lavender essential oil will boost immunity and help fight off disease.
    • Lavender oil is an effective antiseptic and can be used in massage blends to kill cold and flu germs.
  • Skin Care
    • The anti fungal and antiseptic properties of lavender oil make it affective in treating acne. Lavender is one of the few oils that can be applied directly to the skin.  I few drops applied to blemishes will kill the bacteria. Lavender is good for oily skin.
    • It is used to treat wrinkles, psoriasis and other inflammations.
    • Heals wounds, cuts, burns and sunburns rapidly. Use Lavender tea as a wash or use the essential oil.
    • Added with chamomile it is used to treat eczema. 
    • Add lavender to body oil for a relaxing massage and to help relieve dry and damaged skin.
  • Respiratory Disorders
    • Used for throat infections, flu, cough, cold, asthma, sinus congestion, bronchitis, whooping cough, laryngitis, and tonsillitis.
    • The oil is used in the form of vapor or applied on the skin of the neck, chest and back. It is also added in many vaporizers and inhalers used for cold and coughs.
  • Urine Flow
    • Good for urinary disorders because it stimulates urine production.
    • Rests hormonal balance and reduces cystitis or inflammation of the urinary bladder. It also reduces associated cramps.

How to use Lavender:

  • Lavender tea can be made from the fresh or dried flowers.
  • Lavender essential oil should only be used externally, and can be used in massage oils, baths and aroma lamps.
    • Add a few drops of lavender oil to unscented laundry and dish soaps, shampoos, and body creams and lotions.
I had no idea that there were so many uses for Lavender. I just thought it smelled good and helped for a peaceful sleep. I will be adding this one to my first aid kit for sure. 
I am not affiliated with Doterra Oils but very impressed with the quality of their oils so that is where I recommend getting your essential oils. 


Tuesday, November 27, 2012

The Benefits of Peppermint

No one really knows the origin of peppermint but it has been around for a long time. Dried leaves were found in Egyptian pyramids dating from about 1000 BC.  Peppermint has many values including relieves gas, bloating and colic and has many other applications.
Peppermint is an aromatic herb with a fresh, minty scent and taste.  Peppermint has cooling properties and is often found in skin care products, toothpaste, candies, mouthwash and is used in aromatherapy.
The volatile oil of the peppermint plant is strongly antibacterial. Menthol (found in the volatile oil) is antifungal, antiseptic, cooling and anesthetic to the skin. 

Benefits of Peppermint:

  • Nutrients:
    • Peppermint is an excellent source of :
    • Vitamin C and vitamin A.
    • Magnesium
    • Folate
    • Dietary fiber
    • Calcium
    • Iron 
    • Vitamin B2
    • Potassium
    • Copper
  •  Digestive Problems:
    • Peppermint is excellent for the digestive system because it increases the flow of digestive juices and bile and relaxes the muscles of the gut.  Often people will put a few drops of oil in with water and drink after a meal to aid in digestion.
    • It reduces colic, cramps and gas and helps to soothe an irritate bowel. Alleviates irritable bowel syndrome.
    • It soothes the lining and muscles of the colon to help relieve diarrhea and relieves a spastic colon.
    • Dissolve gallstones.
    • Ease nausea and vomiting.
    •  Improve digestion and reduce heartburn
    • Stimulate appetite.
  • Pain Relief:
    • Applied to the skin,  peppermint relieves pain and reduces sensitivity.
    • Soothe muscle aches and control chronic pain (topically).
    • Relieves headaches and migraines when applied to the temples and back of neck.
    • Soothe itchiness from insect bites and hives (topically).
    •  Ease menstrual cramps.
    • Applied topically helps relieve Shingle pain
  • Infection:
    • Diluted oil is used as an inhalant and chest rub for respiratory infections. The whole herb is important for digestive infections.
    • Clear congestion and cough related to colds and allergies.
    • Menthol helps subdue many disease-producing bacteria, fungi, and viruses.
  • Anti Cancer:
    • Perillyl alcohol which is found in the essential oil of peppermint and other plants has been shown to regress pancreatic, mammary, and liver tumors and has the ability to kill cancer cells without harming healthy cells.  
    • Studies suggest that perillyl alcohol may have potential as a non-toxic preventative treatment for various types of human cancers.
  • Relieves Athletes foot when applied topically.
  • Dental Care:
    • Peppermint oil, due to its antiseptic properties, is useful for dental care.
    • Removes bad breath
    • Helps teeth and gums deal with germs.
    • It is also useful for treating toothaches.
  •  Respiratory Problems:
    • Menthol, which is present in abundance in peppermint oil, helps in clearing the respiratory tract.
    • It is an effective expectorant and instantaneous, though temporary, relief in respiratory problems including nasal congestion, sinusitis, asthma, bronchitis, cold and cough. It is used in numerous cold rubs. When these cold rubs are rubbed on the chest, they remove nasal and respiratory congestion immediately.
     As  a child, whenever I had a cold my mom would put a "stinky rag" around my neck. The "stinky rag consisted of Vicks vapor rub or Menthol and rubbing alcohol spread onto a dish rag and pinned around my neck. Boy did it stink, but it helped relieve coughs and clear the mucous out. My kids get this same treatment today because it works better than any cold medicine that I have tried.  Do not use on children under 2 years of age.
  • Relieves Stress:
    • Peppermint essential oil provides relief from stress, depression and mental exhaustion due to its refreshing nature. It is also effective against anxiety and restlessness. Simply place a small amount on a cotton ball and smell throughout the day.
  • Immune System:
    • Peppermint oil increases your immunity to diseases and helps in preventing a number of diseases.
  • Blood Circulation:
    • It also improves blood circulation.
  • Hair Care:
    • Peppermint oil is very useful for hair care as it gives a cooling effect to the head, and removes dandruff and lice.
  • Skin Care:
    • Menthol is good for skin. It gives a cooling effect,  it nourishes dull skin and improves oily skin.
  • Weight loss:
    • Peppermint helps to increase the sense of fullness and satisfaction after eating.
    • Smelling peppermint will help curb appetite resulting in fewer calories ingested.
  • Hair Loss:
    •  Peppermint is used in hair growth products for  its aromatic qualities as well as its ability to promote hair growth by stimulating circulation on the scalp. This stimulation promotes the development of new cells and stimulates hair follicles, resulting in hair growth.
So there you have it, another amazing herb that our Heavenly Father has made available to us. I am sure there are many more uses of Peppermint but this will give you a good idea of its many uses.

Peppermint can be found in herbal teas or in essential oils. You can find herbals teas at most grocery stores, in health food stores, Amazon, Doterra Oils, and Vitacost.



Monday, November 12, 2012

Essential Vitamins and Minerals

My Grandpa has been a follower of Dr. Joel Wallach for years, so I decide to look into what Dr. Wallach teaches.
Dr. Wallach has been involved in biochemical research and clinical medicine for over 30 years. He actually started out as a veterinarian. While studying different animals and diseases, he discovered that by giving animals the right amount of minerals, diseases like SIDs were reduced. He decided to move onto studying medicine because he wanted to find out how this information could help people.

Why Supplement with Vitamins and Minerals
A common recommendation made by most medical doctors is that in order to get all the nutrients necessary to maintain health you must, on a daily basis, eat food from each of the four basic food groups (i.e., meats and proteins, fruits and vegetables, breads and grains and dairy products). Dr. Joel Wallach challenges this belief when lecturing on health and highlights the reasons why it is practically impossible to get all the nutrients (especially the minerals) necessary to prevent disease by eating food from the four basic food groups. Dr. Wallach argues that an unfortunate consequence of the American public's faith in the four basic food groups has been a huge increase in the incidence of chronic degenerative diseases such as arthritis, cancer, diabetes, heart disease, etc. over the past 40 years.   (http://www.majesticearth-minerals.com/why.php)

You must give your body all the raw materials it requires to maintain and rebuild itself. Raw materials are so vital to your health, but can be very hard to find. Centuries of mining, farming, irrigation, and acid rain have eroded life giving minerals from our soil. These mineral deficient soils are then used to grow and cultivate our food. Because of this, our food is lacking essential minerals. In fact,  Dr. Wallach as stated, "One sentence has killed more people than all the wars in American history.... You get all the nutrition you need from the four food groups."

"99% of American people are deficient in minerals, and a marked deficiency in any one of the more important minerals actually results in disease." U.S. Senate Document #264

I was amazed at all the diseases Dr. Wallach claims can be prevented by the body receiving the right amount of nutrients and vitamins.  "The only way you can heal your body is to give it the 90 essential nutrients daily that it needs to rebuild and maintain itself over time." - Dr. Wallach

Here are just a few of the examples of over 900 diseases that can result from nutritional deficiencies:

Primary Nutrients Missing
Essential fatty acids, Potassium, Vitamin A, Vitamin B-6, Zinc
Enzymes, Chromium, Vanadium
Calcium, Copper, Boron, Essential fatty acids, Germanium, Vitamin B- 6, Glucosamine & Chondroitin Sulfates
Essential Fatty Acids, Magnesium, Manganese, Zinc, Potassium
Birth Defects
Folic acid, Magnesium, Vitamin A, Vitamin B-12, Zinc, Copper
Selenium, Germanium, Cesium, Antioxidants
Biotin, Boron, Calcium, Chromium,Copper, Iron,Iodine,Lithium, B complex, Zinc
Chromium, Vanadium, Zinc
Boron, Calcium, Essential Fatty Acids, Inositol, Niacin, Vitamin B-5, Zinc
Gray Hair
Chromium, Essential fatty acids, Lithium, Manganese, Selenium, Vanadium, Zinc, Cholesterol, Amino Acids
Memory Loss
Folic acid, Niacin, Vitamin B-1, Zinc
Calcium, Boron, Iodine, Magnesium, Potassium, B complex, Vitamin D
Calcium, Boron, Germanium, Vitamin K, Magnesium
Receding Gums
Calcium, Magnesium, Boron
Sexual Dysfunction
Selenium, Zinc, Manganese, Iodine, Cholesterol
Copper, Sulfur
This Is not intended to be an all-inclusive list of the missing vitamins and minerals. There are many other nutrients that are required to help in the absorption and utilization of these vitamins and minerals. It is intended as a reference of the primary missing nutrients only. – Dr. Wallach
(-This information taken from Youngevity Essential Life Sciences.)

Dr. Wallach has developed his own line of nutrients and vitamins because he wanted to offer something that is plant derived and that the body will absorb.  Following is information that I found from his website:

You must take mineral supplements to achieve optimal sustainable health!

Organic Colloidal Minerals — These minerals have been processed through a plant and have undergone a biochemical transformation which makes them extremely absorbable (90% to 98%) and non toxic. Specifically, when a mineral is drawn from the soil into a plant via its roots, the process alters the mineral's bio-electric charge, changing it from positive to negative. Because the linings of our intestines carry an overall positive charge a natural magnetic gradient is created across which the mineral is absorbed directly into the bloodstream. Metallic minerals, on the other hand, do not undergo this biochemical transformation and therefore remain positively charged. A positively charged metallic mineral can cause problems for the body. The body is designed to recognize and use minerals in a organic colloidal form and will automatically rid itself of any excess. By contrast, the body has more difficulty recognizing positively charged minerals. As a consequence they tend to accumulate in the body to sometimes dangerous levels. This is why metallic arsenic, for example, has been found to be 65 times more toxic than is organically bound arsenic.

Buyer Beware: Don't be fooled into buying mineral supplements that simply claim to be "colloidal." The term "colloidal" refers only to the very small particle size of the minerals used in these products. A far more important determinant of both the absorbability and safety of a mineral is whether or not the mineral is "organic" (i.e., derived from plant sources). Organic colloidal minerals are up to 20 times more absorbable and non-toxic when compared to inorganic colloidal minerals. It is a sad fact of the marketplace that many of the products being marketed as colloidal minerals are, in fact, inorganic colloidal minerals!
Forty four million copies of Dr. Wallach's Dead Doctors Don't Lie tape are presently in circulation. The message it contains has generated intense public interest in colloidal mineral supplementation. Unfortunately, few products on the market measure up to either the spirit or the intent of what Dr. Wallach advises. Some companies, for example, get their product from inappropriate sources, from ancient sea beds or clay deposits rather than directly from plants. Some companies water down their minerals or spike their product with metallic minerals to boost spectrograph readings. There is, however one company, one line of organic colloidal mineral supplements that towers above the rest. Not surprisingly it is Dr. Wallach's very own line: the Majestic Earth line of mineral supplements. When it comes to your health and the health of your loved ones insist on the best: MAJESTIC EARTH!

I found listening to Dr. Wallach's Dead Doctors Don't Lie to be very interesting and informative. It is amazing to think that if our bodies have the right amount of nutrients then they can repair themselves. Don't take my word for it though, this is just what I found while researching Dr.Wallach and listening to what my Grandpa has learned over the years.

If you are interested in learning more visit his website: http://www.thewallachfiles.com/publications_4.php
or check out his radio show

If you are interested in purchasing his line of vitamins visit:


90 Essential Nutrients - Youngevity Essential Sciences Flyer

Thursday, November 8, 2012


When life gives you lemons, make Lemonade.

Okay, so a lemon is not an herb, but I felt like the benefits of lemon are definitely worth sharing. Lemons are a versatile and an important natural medicine available for home use. It is high in vitamin C which helps the body resist infection, making it an effective choice to use against colds and flu. It is also great for digestion, stomach conditions,  skin conditions, circulatory problems and thickening of the arterial walls (arteriosclerosis).

Benefits of Lemons include:

  • Nutritious and contain several vitamins and minerals such as:
    • Calcium
    • Potassium
    • Vitamins A & C
    • B Vitamins
    • Copper
    • Flavonoids, a composite that holds antioxidant and anti-cancer properties.
  • Skin Care:
    • The citric acid in lemons make it effective for treating acne. The vitamin C helps to brighten the skin, while the alkaline present helps to kill bacteria and infections in the skin.
      • With a cotton ball apply lemon juice to face nightly and wash off in the morning.  At first it may sting a little, but is effective at treating acne.
    • Great for corns and calluses. Take a slice of lemon and apply it to the affected area, wrap and bandage it on. 
    • Reduce the effects of eczema a with a lemon wrap.
      • Add 8 drops of lemon essential oil to 1 cup lukewarm water and 1 tablespoon of  honey. Honey has anti-inflammatory effects and strengthens the healing power of lemon.  Soak a linen cloth in the liquid, squeeze out the excess, and place the cloth on the affected area for 15 minutes, 2 to 3 times a day. This ease the infection  and it will reduce the overwhelming urge to scratch.
    • Take the sting out of bug bites and stings.
      • Massage 1 to 2 drops of lemon oil mixed with 1 tsp of honey onto the affected area.
  • Health Benefits:
    • Lemons antiseptic and cleansing actions make it valuable for those who are prone to infections and fevers, especially of the stomach, liver and intestines.
    • Bioflavonoids help strengthen the inner lining of blood vessels, especially veins and capillaries to help reduce varicose veins.
    • Helps prevent circulatory disorders.
    • Helps prevent bleeding gums.
    • Improves the appetite and helps ease stomach acidity, ulcers, arthritis, gout and rheumatism.
    • Use as a gargle to relieve sore throats, gingivitis, and canker sores.
      • Never use straight lemon as a gargle as it can strip the enamel off teeth. Be sure to dilute with water.
    • Lemon Balm has a calming effect, making it effective to reduce anxiety and stress.
    • Ease effects of Cold and Flu:
      •  Add the juice of one lemon to hot water, add honey and drink every two hours.
    • Relieve a sore throat.
      • Add the juice of 1 lemon and 1 teaspoon of sea salt to 1 cup lukewarm water. Gargle three times a day for 1 minute.
    • Ease Pain:
      • Lemon juice has a powerful alkaline effect in the body and is therefore a natural agent against excess acid, which is in part responsible for rheumatism. Drink the freshly squeezed juice of 1 lemon in a glass of lukewarm water 3 times a day and if you experience severe pain add the juice of 2 lemons 3 times a day.
        Lemon oil has pain-relieving qualities, so to inhibit inflammation and ease pain, massage the affected area daily with several drops of lemon oil mixed with 1 tablespoon jojoba oil.
    • Indigestion and Constipation:
      • Drinking lemon water regularly will help cleanse the bowels and remove toxins. Add the juice of one lemon to warm water and drink first thing in the morning.
    • Internal Bleeding:
      •  Lemon has antiseptic and styptics properties, it can stop internal bleeding. You can apply lemon juice on small cotton and place inside of  nose to stop nose bleeding.
    • High Blood Pressure: Drinking lemon juice is helpful for people suffering with heart problems as it contains potassium. It controls high blood pressure, dizziness, nausea as provides relaxation to mind and body. 
    • Weight Loss:
      • Adding lemon to water helps promotes digestion by stimulating digestive enzymes.  This stimulation helps with digestion as well as the utilization of fats.
    • Good for the Liver:
      • Drinking lemon water first thing in the morning stimulates the liver to produce bile which aids in digestion.
    • Stabilizes blood sugar levels:
      • The acidity in lemons help to reduce the blood sugar level when lemon water is drank shortly before or after a meal.
    • Cholera: The diseases like cholera or malaria can be treated with lemon juice, as it acts as a blood purifier.
    • Lemon makes a natural cleaning agent:
      • Because lemons are acidic they provide antibacterial and antiseptic cleaning properties.  Not only will they disinfect but they will leave your home with a wonderful citrus smell.
I could do a whole other post on the cleaning benefits of lemons. I will leave that for another day.  To learn how to make lemon vinegar, head on over to One Good thing by Jilliee. She has a great post on lemons.

Amazing all the benefits of lemons and I have only touched on a few of the benefits of drinking lemon water.  If you love essential oils, invest in lemon as it will be a great one to have on hand for skin care and health issues.  So go stock up on lemons and essential oil and enjoy the benefits.


Sunday, November 4, 2012

Aloe Vera

 “As the valleys are they spread forth, as gardens by the river’s side, as the trees of lign aloes which the Lord hath planted, and as cedar trees beside the waters.” Numbers 24:6

When I was a little girl, my grandmother had a ginormous Aloe Vera plant. In fact, I wouldn't be surprised if  she still has the same one. As a kid, I was intrigued by its long, pointed leaves and the gel that they contained.   Back then I only knew that the Aloe Vera gel was good for wounds. After studying it out a little more, I am amazed by all the benefits of Aloe Vera.
Aloe Vera originates from Africa and is usually cultivated as a potted plant and has two types of medical uses. The gel contained within the steams has a healing effect on wounds. The sap from the base of the plant works as a laxative.
For more than 3500 years Aloe Vera has been know as a healer. In fact the Greek physician Dioscorides wrote that Aloe Vera was effective in treating everything from burns to kidney problems to constipation.  Queen Cleopatra saw the gel as a fountain of youth and used it to moisturize her skin.  It is believed that the Egyptians used aloe in their embalming processes. 

Benefits of Aloe Vera:

Beauty Treatments:
  • Helps keep skin supple and soft.
  • Replace creams and lotions as a general moisturizer for dry skin. Aloe is fast absorbing!
  • Reverse signs of aging skin and wrinkles.
  • Make skin new again with an exfoliating, organic sugar scrub by mixing together 2 tbsp. of aloe Vera, 2 tbsp. of organic brown sugar and 1 tsp. of organic lemon juice.Prevent pesky pimples and treat acne.
  • Aloe is used in many beauty creams as an ingredient.
  • Aloe Vera helps to rejuvenate the skin cells. It aids cell growth and thus keeps skin bright.
  • Aloe Vera is used in making all types of creams.
  • Protects the skin from pollutants when applied to the skin.
  • Aloe is used in shampoos to treat dandruff and other scalp conditions.
  • Pamper yourself to a soothing body rub. Slice aloe leaves lengthwise and use the inner sides as a biodegradable body scrub in the shower.

First Aid: Aloe Vera is a must have for all first aid needs.
  • Soothes and promotes the healing of sunburns and other minor burns.
  • Useful for bug bites and mild skin irritations.
  • Taken internally, aloe is an effective laxative and promotes healing.
  • Swab over blisters for relief.
  • Take a swig to reduce symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome including bloating and discomfort.
  • Take aloe orally to relieve heartburn, arthritis and rheumatism pain.
  •  Drink to lower blood sugar levels—especially for diabetics.
  • Strengthen gums and promote strong, healthy teeth by taking orally or use toothpaste with aloe Vera ingredients.
  • Drink to help ease congestion, stomach ulcers, colitis, hemorrhoids, urinary tract infections and prostate problems.
  • Reduce tissue damage from frostbite.
  • Boil leaves in a pan of water and breathe in the vapor to alleviate asthma.
  • Stops bleeding and protects from infection.
  • The protective and healing effect of aloe also works internally, and the gel can be used for peptic ulcers.
Skin Conditions:
  • Prevent scarring and stretch marks.
    • Begin massaging aloe Vera on your stomach twice a day and continue throughout your pregnancy and after delivery for a few months until any stretch marks fade.
  • Alleviate mysterious rashes.
  • Make feet baby soft with an exfoliating foot mask by mixing together a half cup of oatmeal, a half cup of corn meal, four tbsp. of aloe Vera gel and a half cup of unscented body lotion.
  • Fight Athlete's Foot.
  • Use as an antidote to allergic skin reactions.
  • Soothe Psoriasis.
  • Shrink Warts.
  • Help eliminate Eczema.
  • Brighten skin. Aloe can decrease pigmentation and dark spots.
Aloe Vera is available in juice, capsule and gel form.
Aloe Vera can be purchased at many locations or you may choose to grow your own plant. To harvest the gel out the the plant, break off a stem and cut it open to release the gel. Be sure and apply it liberally to the desired area. Your skin will absorb it quickly.  After applying, place the remainder of the stem into a plastic bag and place in the fridge until you are ready to use again.
There are many varieties of Aloe Vera on the market. When purchasing Aloe Vera make sure the main ingredient is Aloe Vera or states on the container that it contains 97% or more Aloe. Otherwise you may get a watered down version.

So there you have it. Another amazing plant available for our use. I have only touched on a few things. There are many more benefits of Aloe Vera. What a blessing to have such a great natural moisturizing and healing aid available.

Amazon and Vitacost both have a great selection of Aloe Vera products.

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Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Cayenne Pepper

I am so amazed by the many benefits of adding Cayenne pepper into daily health habits. Not only can it stop a heart attack, it can also relieve frost bite, aide in digestion, improve metabolism and is full of Vitamin C.
Cayenne has been used in folk medicine since 7000 B.C.

Benefits of Cayenne:

  • Great digestive aid:
    • It improves metabolism and stimulates the digestive tract increasing the flow of gastric juices and enzymes. It also helps relieves gas.
    • It helps prevent infections from forming in the digestive system.
  • Nutritious:
    • It contains more vitamin C than an orange, as well as iron, calcium, phosphorous, and B-complex Vitamins.
  • Anti - irritant:
    • Has the ability to relieve upset stomach, ulcers, sore throats, coughs and diarrhea.
  • Improves Heart Health and stops heart attack immediately:
    • Dr. John Christopher, the famed natural herbalist stated that One of his greatest stories in his long career was how he could instantly stop a heart attack if he could get the patient to drink a glass of warm cayenne water. He said, "A teaspoon of cayenne should bring the patient out of the heart attack."  With internal hemorrhaging, if the patient can drink a glass of extra warm cayenne water, Dr. Christopher wrote, "...by the count of ten the bleeding will stop. Instead of all the pressure being centralized, it is equalized and the clotting becomes more rapid."
    • Helps lower bad cholesterol.
    • Regulates the flow of blood from the head to the feet so that the pressure is equalized.
  • Supports Weight loss:
    • Boosts the metabolism adding in burning excess fat. Also reduces the appetite leading to taking in less calories. Also stimulates the production of saliva which aids in the digestion process.
  • Prevents and Treats Blood Clots.
  • Anti-Inflammatory Properties
    • Cayenne’s anti-inflammatory properties makes it a great herb for diabetes, psoriasis, arthritis and herpes-related nerve damage.
  • Detox Support
    • Cayenne increases the lymphatic pulse and digestive rhythms and is also a circulatory stimulant. Because it heats the body, the natural process of detoxification is streamlined. It cause us to sweet which is an important process of detoxification. Combined with lemon juice and honey, cayenne tea is a great morning beverage for a total body detox.
  •  Anti-Cancer Agent:
    • Studies done at the Loma Linda University in California found that cayenne pepper can prevent lung cancer in smokers. This may be again related to cayenne’s high quantity of capsaicin, a substance that can stop the formation of tobacco-induced lung tumors. Other studies have also shown a similar reaction in cayenne’s ability to inhibit liver tumors.
  • Joint-Pain Reliever
    • Cayenne pepper is very soothing; it is effective as a poultice for rheumatism, inflammation, pleurisy, and helpful also if taken internally for these.
  • Relieves Toothache:
    • Preserves the teeth from rotting, and when rubbed on the gums, stimulates them enough to prevent pyorrhea.
  • Topical Remedy
    • As a poultice, cayenne has been used to treat snake bites, rheumatism, inflammation, sores, wounds and lumbago. Applied to the skin, cayenne is analgesic. It increases the blood flow to the affected part, which helps to stimulate the circulation in rheumatic and arthritic conditions, It increases the flow of nutrients to the tissues and aides in the removal of waste products.  Cayenne power placed in the socks has a warming effect on cold feet, making it a great remedy for frostbite. 
    • Reduces swelling.
    • For a poultice mix with honey and apply to skin.
  • Warming Stimulant:
    • The heating qualities of cayenne make it a valuable herb for poor circulation and related conditions. It improves the blood flow to the feet, hands and the central organs.
  •  Migraine Headache Prevention
  • Anti-Cold and Flu Agent
    • Aides in breaking up and moving congestion.  Mix a pinch of cayenne to lemon juice, dilute with warm water, add honey and use as a gargle to relieve sore throats.
  • Excellent for internal Hemorrhage
  • Stimulates the gall bladder reflex
  • Effective in causing hemorrhoids to regress
  • Will heal a sore ulcerated stomach
Cayenne is truly an amazing herb and one of the greatest available for health benefits. I have only touched on a few of the great benefits of Cayenne. I hope you enjoy reading and learning what I have found.
You can find Cayenne in a capsule form, powder, as a whole pepper or infused oil.  Research shows that it is more effective to take Cayenne in the powder or whole pepper form as opposed to the capsule form.  I personally take it in the capsule form and know that it works for me, after taking it I can feel its warming effect. Never take the capsule on an empty stomach it will make you feel very sick.

Places to buy Cayenne:

Vitacost.com - Sign up today and receive a $10 gift certificate
Amazon.com  - I have marked some of my favorite products here.


Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Herbal Raspberry Leaf Tea

As I have studied Raspberry Leaf tea I have been amazed at all the benefits that are found within it.  I believe our Heavenly Father thought of everything natural and good to help heal our bodies. Below I have listed only a few of the things that I learned during my research. I hope that it is beneficial.

For hundreds of years the raspberry leaf has been used to aide in pregnancies.
When midwives where the primary health care providers for women and the natural birth, raspberry leaf was the herb of choice to aide in childbirth. Women would brew it to drink during the last 2 months of their pregnancy to tone uterus muscles for labor and delivery.  After birth raspberry leaf tea aides in the uterus returning back to normal and in the production of milk.  It is also excellent for menstrual cramps.

Benefits during pregnancy include:
  • Tones uterus
  • Decreases nausea
  • Relieves constipation
  • Improves blood circulation
  • Increases milk production
  • Prevents miscarriages
  • Eases labor pains
  • Helps make labor quicker and easier
  • Decrease the need for intervention during labor such as Cesarean, forceps or vacuum
  • Prevents hemorrhaging
  • Promotes bone development for baby

Raspberry Leaf Tea is also rich in nutrients:

  • Vitamins C, E, A, and B complex
  • Minerals such as calcium, phosphorus, potassium, magnesium, iron and antioxidants.
  • Tannins which are a natural astringent that can help cleanse the outside and inside of the body naturally.
  • The leaves also contain anti-inflammatory properties that can help ease pain and inflammation safely and naturally.

Other Health Benefits of Raspberry Leaf Tea:

Treat conditions natural by drinking 2 to 3 cups of red raspberry leaf tea throughout the day.

  • Increases fertility in both men and women, especially when combined with Red Clover.
  • Eases menstrual cramps and regulates the flow during menstruation.
  • It is good for small children when they are vomiting. It is also helpful for dysentery and diarrhea in infants.
  • Relieves constipation
  • Poor blood circulation, inflammation, diarrhea, irritated skin, gum diseases, oral cavities, the cold and flu, respiratory infections and digestive issues
  • Because of the high amount of vitamin C and other potent nutrients in red raspberry leaves, the tea is also useful for treating bacterial and viral infections as well as dehydration and fevers.
  • Reduce high blood sugar levels by sipping on some red raspberry leaf tea to help lower them when needed.
  • Useful for vitamin deficiency, heart problems, diabetes and gingivitis.
  • Used to promote bile production, sweating and urination
  • Good for the general purification of the blood
  • When applied directly to the skin, red raspberry leaf tea helps treat and disinfect inflamed skin.

    Using Red Raspberry Leaf Tea as a Gargle
  • Because of natural antiseptic properties, lukewarm raspberry leaf tea can be useful as a gargle to help soothe and cleanse the throat. It is useful for soothing toothaches, canker sores, cold sores, fever blisters, throat infections and dry mouth. Adding a pinch of sea salt will increase the effectiveness of the raspberry leaf gargle because sea salt has the ability to kill bacteria.

Where to get Red Raspberry Leaf Tea:

  • If you grow raspberry plants already you can harvest the leaves off of the plants. To dry place on a cookie sheet and stick in direct sunlight, such as a window. You can also place leaves between 2 screens and leave outside to dry.
  • Vitacost.com has a great selection of Raspberry Leaf Tea.  Click on the link Vitacost.com and run a search in the search box for Raspberry Leaf Tea.
  • Check your local health food stores. Some of them may even carry the capsule form.
Raspberry Leaf Tea
  • 1 teaspoon dried raspberry leaves, chopped or 3 teaspoons fresh raspberry leaves, chopped
  • 1 cup boiling water

    1. Add the chopped raspberry leaves to a tea ball or to the cup of boiling water.
    2. Cover the cup. Use a cup lid or an overturned plate to cover. Allow to stand for 5 minutes to let the raspberry leaves steep.
    3. Remove the cover and strain the tea into another cup or mug.
    4. Drink plain or add in your choice of sweetener such as Xylitol, Stevia, sugar or honey.
    It is recommend that you have two cups a day of this tea during the last two months of pregnancy. There are conflicting opinions about whether it should  be taken any earlier in pregnancy.

    Raspberry leaf tea is effective and safe to use and effective to naturally relieve several health conditions, however consult your doctor to make sure it is right for you.  If you're not pregnant, the tea is still good for you; it helps to prevent spongy bleeding gums, mouth ulcers, and mouth soreness.

    Monday, October 22, 2012

    Xylitol - Natural Sugar replacement and Cavity Preventer

    Lately 3 out of 4 of my kids have had 2 or 3 cavities at their dental checkup. All these fillings add up and get to be pretty expensive, even with insurance.  Looking for some way to help prevent cavities, I did a quick Internet search and ran across Xylitol.

    Wow! What an amazing product. The more I learn about this great product, the more I want to make it a part of my daily health habits.

    Xylitol is a natural occurring sweetener that is found in the fibers of  vegetables, fruits,  birch trees, and fibrous materials such as corn cobs and husks. Xylitol is produced naturally in our bodies; in fact, we make up to 15 grams daily during normal metabolism.  Industrial production is usually taken from hard wood such as birch trees or corn cobs.   It looks like and tastes like table sugar.

    Xylitol is slowly absorbed by the body and does not require insulin to metabolize which makes it a great sweetener for diabetics.  Xylitol began being added to foods in the 1960s and can be found in many products such as Trident Gum, Stride Gum, mints and suckers.

    Benefits of Xylitol

    Now to the part about preventing cavities, this is what interested me the most about Xylitol.

    1.  Xylitol reduces tooth decay. Chewing xylitol gum right after meals helps eliminate the bacteria that causes tooth decay. You can also find other products such as toothpaste, mints and suckers which contain xylitol.  Cavity causing bacteria does not thrive in the presence of Xylitol therefore limiting its ability to grow. In addition Xylitol:
    • Helps reduce the development of cavities (dental caries).
    • Resists fermentation by mouth bacteria.
    • Reduces plaque formation.
    • Increases salivary flow to aid in the repair of damaged tooth enamel.
    • Compliments fluoride in oral hygiene products.

    2. Helps Tooth Enamel & Strength
    In addition to preventing cavities, consuming xylitol in small amounts helps decrease plaque formation, and promotes salivation to prevent “dry mouth”, which aids in enhancing mineral absorption for repairing damaged tooth enamel, while increasing tooth strength.

    3. Safe for Diabetics.
    Xylitol does not easily convert to fat, therefore the body does not require insulin to metabolize making it a good choice for diabetics.

    4. Helps Prevent Ear Infections
    Xylitol can also be used to prohibit harmful bacterial growth to help prevent ear infections in young children. It will also help clear out earwax and prevent the growth of harmful bacteria in the pharyngotympanic tubes, connecting the nose and ear.

    5. Increases White Blood Cell Activity
    Xylitol, when taken in small amounts, can help increase the white blood cell activity in fighting bacterial infections, to help build immunity, protect against chronic degenerative disease and have anti-aging benefits.

    6. May Help With Allergies & Sinus Infection’s
    When used as a nasal spray, xylitol is said to be able to help reduce the prevalence of sinus infections, asthma and allergies. It helps decrease the amount of harmful bacteria that may be in the cells of our nose.

    I was so excited to learn that I could help prevent cavities by giving my kids a stick of gum to chew on after a meal. The two brands that I have found to have Xylitol in are Stride and Trident.
    Also Vitacost has a great selection of gums, Xylitol sweetener and mints. Sign up for  Vitacost today and receive a $10 gift certificate.



    Sunday, October 21, 2012

    My Grandma

    My Grandma is an amazing women, not only is she the mother of 10 children but she is full of useful information.  As a kid if I had a medical problem I knew that grandma would have an answer. Not only was she an EMT but she knows herbs and their medicinal value. Grandma has a cure for everything:
    Belly wash for constipation (not my favorite one by far)
    Clove for tooth ache
    Raspberry Tea Leaf for female problems
    Carob for tummy ache
    and the list goes on, grandma knows just what to use.
    I decided to create this blog in an effort to learn what my grandma knows.  I will be posting here the things that I have learned and continue to learn from Grandma.